Maxine Carlson, Award Winning Author



Poppy Hills is surrounded by wild huckleberries and is the very next stop along the 17-Mile Drive (after my Huckleberry Hill neighborhood).

Monterey Fisherman’s WharfCarousel Candies (Featuring hand-made huckleberry confections including; lolli’s, salt water taffy and gourmet huckleberry truffles.)

Big Sur- Nepenthe, The Phoenix Shop

(At Nepenthe stop by for checkers and games on the patio, a delicious ‘ambrosia burger’ and the amazing view! The Phoenix has unique gifts and Big Sur inspired products.

Big Sur- The Big Sur River Inn General Store:

At The River Inn, dip your toes in the river, get a yummy lunch at The General Store (the burrito bar is a local favorite) and a signed copy of The Wild Buck.

Carmel-by-the-Sea- Laub’s Country Store (Carmel Classics). Stop by this ‘local favorite’ at the corner of Ocean Ave. and San Carlson for gifts and clothing, high quality and affordable pricing.

Carmel-by-the Sea- Thinker Toys

Monterey, Del Monte Shopping CenterThinker Toys (next to Starbucks look for toy soldiers)

Non-autographed books available at independent books stores or on-line at Amazon.

The Wild Buck, Adventures on Huckleberry Hill, Book 1

Join Molly and Fern in search of a wild buck in this heartwarming tale. Creative sister Molly loves daydreaming. Fern can’t sit still. Nonna Frances creates Italian inspired culinary delights with locally sourced Monterey Bay wild huckleberries. They make a fun and enthralling team.  Each chapter includes a delicious recipe. Become a naturalist as Monterey Bay coastal stewardship is embraced via everyday adventures. Explore the nature and fauna of a world famous evergreen climate.  This engaging story is majestically set along the rustic central coast. Return to Huckleberry Hill often. What adventures shall we plan next? The Wild Buck is a GOLD MEDAL, 2018 Moonbeam Award winning book honored for exceptional children’s literature. 


Keep following your dreams! XO Maxine #huckleberryhilladventure

Drew McSherry is the talented artist that brings ‘images to life’ in my books. Follow along for my next literature release (2019).


‘Community get together’ hosted by the Monterey Public Library on October 20 from noon – 5:15. Join Maxine Carlson at the children’s author panel at 3 pm (in the community room of the library).  A bookstore is available to purchase autographed books, featuring local children’s book authors from 12:00-5:15. Fun door prizes and refreshments will be served. This is a free community event.

-Halloween on Monterey Bay-

Join Maxine Carlson at Carousel Candies on Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf for this free family friendly event.

When: Halloween, Wed. Oct. 31

4pm- 7pm

Where: Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf

Trick or treat with merchants from Fisherman’s Wharf. Join Maxine Carlson at the pretty in pink Carousel Candies for hand-made gourmet confections, these are decadent Halloween treats!

Meet up at the historic Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf Theatre for a free family movie from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy sunset by the bay, trick or treat in a family friendly venue.

Happy Halloween!

-Let’s Be Creative-

Book characters Molly and Fern encourage you to make art and crafts. Gather crayons and do a water color wash, add stickers or magnetic letters for a collage. ‘Upcycle’ (recycle) paper plates to make an adorable sea otter! We hope to see you around Monterey Bay!



 Thank you all for embracing happiness through books and sharing Italian recipes. Keep having adventures! XOXO


Readers: Send me your childhood sibling photos…I will post and share at Maxine Carlson Author (Facebook) site.

Throwback photos…sharing retro “Molly and Fern” images. This is my sister Francine (“Fern” in my book series) and I exploring and having real life adventures. 

Book characters Molly, Fern and Nonna were thrilled to be celebrating together! 

The Sugar Plum Fairy Party’ was a festive holiday luncheon in Carmel-by-the-Sea at Sunset Center. Book character ‘Nonna’ (performed by Nonna Catherine) featured The Wild Buck, set in Del Monte Forest, for a book reading. This ‘Silver Anniversary’ showcasesed the iconic Del Monte Hotel, with characters Sam Morse, John Steinbeck, Salvador Dali and Louis Armstrong.

-Thank You American Veterans For Your Service-

Ricardo Porlito, Vietnam Vet, won The Wild Buck. Ricardo’s wife is a teacher.


The Wild Buck, and it’s coordinating merchandise, has been awarded a gold medal. The ‘Moonbeam Award’ brings recognition to exemplary children’s books and celebrates life-long reading.

Having a blast on the ‘Shagbag Show’ (tune in at 9am PST each Saturday) at 1460 am or 101.1 FM (KION) or

-Visiting California? Stop by historic Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf-

Look for the ‘pretty in pink’ building (Carousel Candies) with the authentic taffy puller! Delicious hand made huckleberry salt water taffy, lolli’s, huckleberry truffles and gourmet candy boxes are featured along autographed book sets. Hand making confections for over 55 years this iconic landmark, with it’s famous treats, is a ‘must see’ experience… a local favorite. 

Local author’s gather in the city of Carmel, at the Harrison Memorial Library (for a roundtable panel).

Unplug with Huckleberry Hill Adventure:

Visit our Huckleberry Hill Boutique for unique Pacific Coast inspired gift items. International shipping available.

Life handing you lemons? (image: Lena Max Photography) Make cello via our love limoncello boutique!




-Carmel Pine Cone Article-

July 2018

Book by P.B. writer urges kids to get out and explore


THE TALE of two girls on a quest to find an elusive wild buck in Del Monte Forest — and all the magnificent distractions they encounter along the way — is the subject of a new children’s book by a Pebble Beach author.

In the “The Wild Buck,” written by Maxine Carlson, sisters Molly and Fern live in a “sprawling” house atop Huckleberry Hill in Pebble Beach but frequently venture outside, which leads them on a search for a mysterious wild buck.

“The book really features the local climate that is tied to and shaped by our Monterey Bay Ocean Sanctuary including the flora and fauna and unique setting of our area,” Carlson told The Pine Cone about the book, which is illustrated by Drew McSherry.

The girls, during their environmental explorations, come across many other natural elements typical of the Monterey Peninsula; quail, woodpeckers, banana slugs, honeysuckle, huckleberries, Monterey pines, and the aroma of the Pacific Ocean.

“And always misty fog coming off beautiful Monterey Bay,” Carlson said.

The book, Carlson explained, features an important and relevant message for 21st century, tech-savvy kids, who are often glued to their electronic devices: get out and enjoy nature more often. By being in touch with the outdoors a child is motivated to conserve and protect our unique Monterey Bay environment.

“Have adventures wherever you are and really explore your environment,” she said. “You can’t do that if you are only doing screen time.”

Carlson, 47, based Molly on herself, and Fern on her real- life sister, Francine, 45, both of whom grew up in Pebble Beach and were regularly encouraged by their grandmother, Frances Davi-Cardinalli, to go into the open and play. When they were growing up, iPods and iPads weren’t invented yet and the forest was their playground.

“Back then we were always outside, and that’s what kept our imagination going,” she said.

Nonna, as they called their grandma, was a good cook, and coming together to eat as a family was an essential part of their Italian heritage and culture. That’s why Carlson decided to include some of her Nonna’s recipes in “The Wild Buck.”

The story is the first in the Huckleberry Hill Adventure Series, which Carlson said includes three written but yet-to- be published tales also set throughout the Monterey Peninsula, including one in Carmel.

My name is Maxine Carlson. My husband Eric, daughter Bella Sophia and dog Snowball are the light of my life (photo below). I am following my dream of writing and publishing children’s books. Follow my family as we have Italian inspired culinary and life adventures on Huckleberry Hill in Pebble Beach California.

Huckleberry Hugs, Maxine (A.K.A. Molly)

My lights, Bella Sophia and hubby Eric. At beautiful San Carlos Cathedral Royal Presidio Chapel in Monterey.



Maxine Carlson is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

The Wild Buck (Book 1 of the Huckleberry Hill Series) was awarded with the 2018 GOLD MEDAL for outstanding children’s literature.